Argeles & Barcelona
An exciting opportunity to visit the beautiful Mediterranean region of the French/Spanish border. Students are encouraged to try out their languages for everyday life! There are visits to the beach and time to squeeze in a little shopping and culture whilst visiting the spectacular city of Barcelona. Students enjoy the thrill of white-water rafting, test out their kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding skills and spend a day at a water-park. Accommodation is in well-equipped static caravans.
Students enjoy an active, fun-packed cycling tour around beautiful Holland. This eight day residential provides a perfect opportunity to experience life on the open road in a country that was simply designed for cyclists. Students cruise along the flat, safe cycle tracks and take in the unique rural scenery before setting up camp for the night and cooking their own scrumptious meal under the stars.
After loading the bikes into a van at St Peter’s, the group sets off by train to Harwich via London. Once reunited with the bikes at the port, it’s an overnight ferry to arrive at the Hook of Holland. There is then a stunning cycle along the beautiful coastal cycle path to Duinrell. Duinrell is one of Europe’s leading water theme parks and where the students spend the evening cooling off and chilling out in the indoor water complex before hitting the cycle tracks for a week of action and adventure.
The expedition takes the students on woodland and riverside tracks deep into the Dutch countryside, to the furthest part of the trip, where there is a rest day at “Walibi World” Europe’s largest roller coaster theme park.
The students are totally self-sufficient, carrying all equipment on back of their bikes (tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food etc). The camp sites used along the way have excellent facilities including sports fields, games rooms, snack bars and often swimming pools/lakes – a perfect way to cool off after a day in the saddle.
Friday: Bikes and equipment couriered from St Peter’s, The group leave St Davids Station around 2pm to travel by train to the port of Harwich. Overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland
Cycle from the Hook of Holland along the coast to Duinrell
Leave Duinrell cycling northeast to the next campsite just outside of Baarn
Leave Baarn, cycling north along the lake side to the Flevoland campsite on one of Holland’s famous polders.
Short cycle along the polder to Walibi World Theme Park
Leave Flevoland to cycle south through beautiful woodland tracks returning to the campsite near Baarn
Leave Baarn to cycle south-west to the final campsite near Gouda
Leave Gouda, to cycle to the ferry port at the Hook of Holland via the beautiful town of Delft. Leave Holland on the overnight ferry crossing back to England.
Arrive back in the port of Harwich, the bikes and equipment are couriered back to St Peter’s and the group return to Exeter on the train.
Students enjoy a jam packed week in the nation’s capital taking in all the big landmarks, visiting areas of cultural and political significance whilst having great fun at the same time. Every year we change the itinerary to keep the week fresh but make sure we keep it full up to the brim with activities.
There are several key visits we always do, for example, we always attend three West End shows, we always go to Thorpe Park and we like to tour the Harry Potter Studios. All of which are very popular with students.
We eat out every night in a different London restaurants from the Rainforest Café to Planet Hollywood. In more recent years we have been fortunate to tour both the House of Parliament and 10 Downing Street. Students really do make the most of the fun but exhausting week.
The annual expedition to Malawi offers thirty students to opportunity to visit southern Africa. St Peter’s has well established links with Malawi and over one hundred and fifty students have taken part in previous expeditions. Whilst Malawi may statistically be one of the poorest countries in the world, it is also one of the safest countries in Africa and one of the friendliest places in the world.
The students on the expedition spend the first ten days of their visit living and working in the village of Mtunthama in the rural Central Region of Malawi. The community of Mtunthama is centred around the Anglican Church and Hospital, AMAO Orphanage, the Primary school and our partner school, All Saints Community Day Secondary.
The students work on a number of community projects, such as building and decorating school classrooms, helping in the orphanage or kindergarten and doing lab work in the hospital. Since 2003 students and staff at St. Peter’s have raised over £120,000 to support the work of St. Andrew’s Hospital and other community projects including the ‘Lin Owen’s memorial guest house in Mtunthama. The students are involved in some of the many projects which have been funded by our fundraising, including building new and repainting old classrooms, painting murals and running sports events for local children.
As well as the hard work which students have to do in Mtunthama, they also spend time unwinding by the shores of Lake Malawi. The expedition then moves on to Nkhotakota for a few days before heading into Zambia for some of the best game viewing available anywhere in Africa, in South Luangwa National Park.
This is a fabulous opportunity and many of the students who have taken part in previous expeditions have talked about it as “a life changing experience”; something which has encouraged them to rethink their priorities and put their own lives into perspective.
“This trip and the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in Malawi, has changed my life.”
“I now want for less; I realise that I don’t need all those “things””.
“What shocked me was they were so happy to be in school and learn, they don’t take anything for granted.”
The trip to Paris is a fantastic opportunity to see the sites of this beautiful city and enjoy the museums and art galleries that it has to offer. The trip involves a visit to the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph. We will also take a river cruise and enjoy the market and cafes around Sacre Coeur, Montmartre.
To end the trip we will spend the final day in Disneyland Paris. We will travel there and back by coach and ferry and will be staying in a hotel just outside Paris.
Students from St Peter’s have been heading down to the golden beaches of the North Cornwall coast for the past 15 years. Why is the residential so successful? Well not only do you get to learn a new skill, but it’s fashionable, affordable and highly exhilarating!
Based on the golden shores of Polzeath North Cornwall the students are taught by first rate instructors (British Surfing Association qualified coaches) and will spend many, many hours in the sea! The instructors provide students with the opportunity to develop their surfing skills quickly, effectively and safely. This is a residential designed for both girls and boys, whether a complete beginner or someone who has already experienced the thrills of surfing.
Accommodation for the week is in luxury caravans at the Valley Caravan Park in Polzeath, which is right opposite the beach. Students stay in groups of four or six and have a chance to develop their domestic skills too; including cooking, cleaning and washing up!
A great experience, lots of fun, learning life skills and a chance to live the surfing dream!
Students have the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience, develop important key skills and to explore career ideas and opportunities. Whilst support and guidance is given, students are be expected to arrange their own work placements.
Students must consider the following points if completing work experience during the KS4 residential week:
- Before you make arrangements you should think about what you would like to get out of the placement and what your career plans are.
- Your placement should be in Devon, or neighbouring county. The employer is required to have public and employer liability insurance and a Care Check carried out on our behalf by the Education Business Partnership.
- Many other schools do work experience at the end of the summer term and therefore arrangements need to be made as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.
- Written confirmation of the placement from the employer must be provided to the school.
- Ideally, work experience should not be with a close relative nor are students permitted to arrange a placement where they already work part-time.
- During the week you will receive a visit from the school and you will complete a logbook of your experiences.
- Make work experience a positive choice – choose it because you think it will help you to develop your skills and character.